Northeast Energy News

New England grid operator enacts new winter safeguards

GRID: ISO New England will enact two new initiatives to help ensure winter reliability, including a three-week energy forecast that monitors fuel supplies in the region. (Utility Dive)

REGULATION: Connecticut officials tell federal energy regulators to oppose a plan to provide ratepayer financial support to a gas-fired plant in Boston, saying the plant’s owner exercised unfair market power. (Utility Dive)

A movement to power one million homes in New York with solar power by 2023 is gaining traction among lawmakers. (PV Magazine)
A residential solar loan program launched last year in Delaware has granted over $1 million in loans. (news release)
The clean energy industry sees Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker as a champion for solar in the Northeast. (Washington Examiner)

EFFICIENCY: New York City officials are preparing to release legislation that would force the city’s 50,000 largest buildings to dramatically cut their energy consumption. (Commercial Observer)

Federal energy regulators give a developer two more years to obtain the water quality approvals it needs to build a long-delayed natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to New York. (Reuters)
A U.S. district judge is expected to rule soon on whether to allow a pipeline developer to use eminent domain to build a controversial natural gas pipeline in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. (NJ Spotlight)

Developers want to build a $100 million liquified natural gas distribution terminal in central Massachusetts. (Worcester Business Journal)
A utility serving Upstate New York is spending $30 million a year as part of an ongoing effort to replace aging gas mains and service lines made of cast iron, wrought iron and steel. (Poughkeepsie Journal)

UTILITIES: A controversial Pennsylvania law that allows for more ratemaking flexibility could lead to new utility business models. (Utility Dive)

TRANSPORTATION: A transportation authority in eastern Pennsylvania wants to buy 10 more compressed natural gas buses to replace its aging diesel fleet. (The Express-Times)

CLIMATE: A Rhode Island green group appeals a decision by the state’s Department of Environmental Management to deny a petition asking it to adopt a plan to reduce climate change threats, saying it failed to provide an adequate explanation. (Uprise RI)

Vermonters can help the local economy by heating their homes with wood instead of gas, says the assistant director of Renewable Energy Vermont. (VT Digger)
Embracing ratepayer-funded energy efficiency in New Hampshire may pose a threat to the state’s utilities, says New Hampshire’s Consumer Advocate. (InDepthNH)

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